Urban Logistics

Logistop’s Urban Logistics strategic line has the vision to lead the transformation in cities so that urban logistics proactively responds to current challenges in terms of sustainability (economic, environmental and social), use of public space (congestion in cities) and safety.

One of Logistop’s objectives in this area is to ensure a strong strategic dialogue between industry and cities, generating a meeting point where best practices can be shared and facilitating models of collaboration between cities and industry to prioritise issues and accelerate the deployment of solutions towards sustainable urban logistics.

In Logistop’s Urban Logistics strategic line we work to:

  1. Foster dialogue between cities and industries through Logistop for the development of joint actions based on knowledge and innovation.
  2. Help and overcome the gaps in the development of solutions that must be based on a thorough knowledge of Logistics for the development of regulatory actions and infrastructures (physical and digital) in this area.
  3. Promote collaborative innovation through R&D&I projects.

Redesigning cities (governance and regulation)

Clear objectives and plans focused on logistics need to be developed with stakeholders.

  • The redesign of cities aims to reinforce the need to take into account the logistics component in urban planning, the programming of a new building (office, shopping centre, residential, etc.) or a new neighbourhood.
  • The knowledge must come from the companies that carry out these operations and be offered to the administrations, with Logistop being the integrator of all of this.
  • The alignment between cities throughout the country will facilitate the achievement of economies of scale and cost reductions for the service providers.
  • These developments will generate flows both for their supply and, for example, for their waste management. These flows need to be considered from the planning conception phase to minimise their impact on the public space and thus ensure optimal operation after commissioning.

Axes of development:

  • Mobility and Urban Development Plans.
  • Low Emission Zones.
  • Design and management of loading and unloading zones.
  • Low Impact Distribution.
  • Ecosystems for the implementation of pilot tests in real environments.
  • Development of Charges.
  • Best practices.
  • Innovative projects.
  • Ordinances / regulations.
  • New developments.
  • Aids available:
    • Regional.
    • National.
    • European.

Physical environment

Alternative fleetvans and trucks will continue to play a central role, but they will certainly not be the only ones. The use of small electric vehicles and cargo bikes is increasing significantly and initiatives are starting to emerge for the use of autonomous vehicles. New operating and business models are needed for their integration of energy infrastructure and high-level logistics operations.

  • Hydrogen.
  • Electricity.
  • Retrofitting.
  • Design of new last mile vehicles, based on different energy technologies (swapping, fast charging and H2), and functional needs according to the type of product and service.
  • Fleets.
  • Delivery robots.

Logistics operations: consolidation of flows, enabled by new collaborative models, vehicle and infrastructure sharing should become the norm, as well as decoupling transport and delivery solutions.

  • Robotics and Automation.
  • Planning and design of charging infrastructures.
  • Development of intelligent recharging technology for light vehicles oriented to “full day” service demand, with the aim of reducing fleet operating costs.

Digital environment

  • Purpose-driven data acquisition and exchange (Governance): interaction between businesses and local authorities is increasing and will be facilitated by digitalisation and pan-European open standards and protocols that enable seamless collaboration and data-driven policies and measures. It is therefore increasingly necessary to develop a last mile logistics management environment or platform involving public administrations (regulators), delivery companies, convenience spaces and end-users, to optimise routes, reduce missed deliveries, and therefore reduce environmental impact and energy consumption.
  • Enabling technologies: to increase the efficiency of processes in the last mile environment, it is increasingly necessary to implement technologies and innovations from other sectors that can have a major impact on improving delivery.
    • RPAs.
    • IoT.
    • Artificial Intelligence.
    • Machine Learning.​
  • Interaction with the end consumer: facilitating transparency about the implications of delivery options will allow consumers to influence the market. The development of such actions in shopping portals can influence the development of more sustainable logistics activities.

Projects planning


Articulation of ad-hoc consortia between Logistop partners and external companies to apply for national innovation grants.


Selection of specific Logistop partners for their integration in European consortia under a “Pilot Application Spain” approach in those European consortia where this opportunity exists.


Dynamisation of internal working groups in Logistop to create opportunities for collaboration between technological partners and end users for the execution of specific projects with the own resources of the partners involved.

Daniel Latorre, Head of Innovation for Urban Logistics at Logistop